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From: Paul Baxter (pauljbaxter_at_[hidden])
Date: 2008-03-11 05:47:32

> What is the status of the Boost.Property_tree library? I notice it is now
> in the SVN trunk. Does this mean it will be part of the next release?
> <>

I really like the simplicity of this library but this is about the third or
fourth request in the last few months without a reply.

This is not a slight on the original author or this library, but it does
bring up the more general question..

Does boost really want to put an 'unsupported' new library into a release?

I'd suggest the release manager consider leaving such libraries in the
sandbox if they haven't got a commitment from an individual and they haven't
yet been incorporated in a release. A first release is likely to shake down
a library more than the review process and it is at this point the author or
perhaps a maintainer is valuable. Indeed many libraries change radically
enough after the review that they often benefit tremendously from the
shakedown that first release gives them.

Perhaps new libs need a named sponsor as an entry criterion for

I also appreciate that the current monolithic boost release cycle can be
difficult for new library authors to make a commitment to in advance. Hence
the sponsor may not necessarily be the author.

Once 'in', inevitably some maintainers will move on. I am grateful for their
efforts and the library will then sink or swim on its merits. The issue of
what to do or document for such libraries is not one I intended to cover in
this email.

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